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Japanese eatery closing after 36 years in downtown Minneapolis

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One of downtown Minneapolis' oldest eateries will close down at the end of this month.

The Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar confirmed its closure on Facebook Monday, bringing a curtain down on almost four decades of business.

"It's been an incredible 36 years of business, and for that we're very, very grateful to the Twin Cities community. Thank you for joining us at 'The Best-Tasting Show in Town'," it said.

Keith Levit, son of founder Jack Levit, told the Star Tribune: "Thirty-six years is a long time to do anything. We've been a staple in the community for much of that time and that's something we're very grateful for. It's sad that it's coming to an end here but we're very proud of what we've accomplished."

The Minneapolis Eater said Ichiban, located at the corner of Nicollet and Grant, was formerly a "dining destination for Minnesotans," and in its heyday was opposite the Oceanaire and Manny's Steakhouse, before they moved location.

"With its flaming grills, employees in traditional dress and 70s' styled dining room, Ichiban has remained a testament to another time, when dinner was a literal show and the guests got to participate," the Eater said.

The Star Tribune notes that the teppanyaki restaurant is the third eatery to close on Nicollet Mall since work on its $50 million facelift began, following Masa in October last year and Vincent: A Restaurant in December.

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